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Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo official for UFC 288 on May 6 in New Jersey

UFC 280: Sterling v Dillashaw Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

The much-rumored title fight between reigning UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo is finally signed, sealed, and delivered.

According to a social media post by UFC on Friday night, Sterling vs. Cejudo is officially headed to UFC 288 on May 6 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. It will be the first time UFC is returning to the venue since a welterweight clash between Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler headlined a UFC event back in Aug. 2019.

Sterling, 33, is coming off a second-round TKO victory over former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 280 to retain his title. However, Dillashaw was injured during the fight and many are hoping Sterling can turn in a no-questions-asked title defense his next time out. That may be very difficult on paper as “Funk Master” is now set to welcome Cejudo back to the Octagon for the first time since May 2020.

Cejudo, 36, has been sidelined for nearly three years after retiring from the sport following his TKO finish and subsequent UFC bantamweight title defense over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. “Triple C” has been plotting his return ever since and will now step right back into a title fight two months from now. Cejudo has been busy running his Fight Ready gym and training the likes of Jon Jones, but now it’s his turn to make the walk to the Octagon again and prove he’s still a top fighter.

UFC 288’s fight card currently features the below matchups:

Charles Oliveira vs. Beneil Dariush
Bryce Mitchell vs. Jonathan Pearce
Jessica Andrade vs. Yan Xiaonan
Kron Gracie vs. Charles Jourdain
Marina Rodriguez vs. Virna Jandiroba
Devin Clark vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Andre Petroski vs. Armen Petrosyan
Nate Maness vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
Khaos Williams vs. Rolando Bedoya
Johnny Muñoz Jr. vs. Daniel Santos

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WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Sat., Feb. 17, 2024, for the first time in more than two years with its latest pay-per-view (PPV) show. In the ESPN+-streamed PPV main event, reigning Featherweight roost-ruler, Alexander Volkanovski, will defend his 145-pound strap against undefeated surging Spanish contender, Ilia Topuria. In addition, former Middleweight kingpin, Robert Whittaker, will finally square off with mercurial mauler, Paulo Costa, in UFC 298’s co-feature. UFC 298 will also feature the returns of Ian Garry, Geoff Neal, Henry Cejudo, Merab Dvalishvili and so much more!

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Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 288 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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